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How the flu spreads

December 17, 2018

The flu is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs. It is caused mainly by 2 types of viruses:

  1. Influenza A
  2. Influenza B

wyndham medical clinic The flu spreads very easily from person to person. Even before you notice symptoms, you may spread the virus to others. If you have the virus, you can spread it by:

  • talking
  • sneezing
  • coughing

These actions release tiny droplets that contain the flu virus into the air. You can become infected if these droplets land on your:

  • eyes
  • nose
  • mouth

  Infection can also happen if you touch any of these body parts after touching surfaces contaminated by infected droplets. Common contaminated surfaces include:

  • phones
  • doorknobs
  • someone’s hands
  • television remotes

Preventing the flu

The flu shot is safe and is the best way to prevent the flu. You cannot get the flu from the flu shot. Most people do not have any side effects. Severe reactions are very rare. Everyone 6 months and older should get the flu shot. Getting a flu shot is a simple action that can save lives by:

  • preventing you fro

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